U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service initiates status review for tricolored bat

Recently, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service issued a 90-day finding on a petition requesting that the tricolored bat (Perimyotis subflavus) be listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The 90-day finding for this species and four others appeared in the December 20, 2017 issue of the Federal Register (82 FR 60362).
The tricolored bat is a small forest-dwelling species found in 38 states and the District of Columbia, from Florida to Canada, west to Colorado, and in Mexico and Guatemala.

One of the primary threats to the bat is thought to be white-nose syndrome, which is caused by a fungus that spreads between individuals in hibernating bat colonies. However, the petition alleges that forest management also adversely affects the tricolored bat.

In the 90-day finding, the Service indicates that it has determined that the petition for the tricolored bat presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted based on Factors A (factors affecting habitat), C (disease or predation), and E (other natural or manmade factors affecting its survival). As a result, the Service has initiated a review of the species’ status to determine if listing the species as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act is warranted.

The Service invites submission of new information about the status of, or threats to, the tricolored habitat or their habitats. Information may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov (Docket No. FWS-R5-ES-2017-0011) or by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; MS: BPHC; 5275 Leesburg Pike; Falls Church, VA 22041–3803.